By MATT SANDERSON
SILVER LAKE –– The growing numbers of homeless across Silver Lake has been accompanied by complaints of street people urinating and defecating in public or in the yards of residents. Now, the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council has taken a step to deal with the problem by having maps of the public restroom and shower facilities in both neighborhood distributed to the homeless. As it turns out, most of the facilities are in Echo Park.
The idea for the Silver Lake-Echo Park Hygiene Facilities map came out of a discussion last November at the neighborhood council’s Education, Youth and Families committee, where the problem of public urination and defecation was raised. After discovering there are no public shower facilities in Silver Lake for the homeless, the hygiene map was expanded to include Echo Park.
SLNC member Teresa Sitz, who spearheaded the effort, said public restrooms are spread too far apart in the area and hopes the effort to print and distribute the map clarifies the basic quality of life issue that needs more attention. She added that they are working with the city to keep Silver Lake’s two recreation centers open on Sundays for this reason.
According to a drafted map, there are eight public restroom facilities in Echo Park and Silver Lake, all at local parks, libraries and recreation centers. A flier will include a Google map image of the locations, such as the Silver Lake Recreation Center and Echo Park Lake, as well as the hours of operation.
Council District 13 has agreed to print the fliers, which will also be translated into Spanish and will be posted on the SLNC website, Sitz said.
Matt Sanderson is a journalist, photographer and digital media producer. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 with Patch.com/AOL